Intact or Circumcised: A Significant Difference in the Adult Penis

By Danelle Day, Ph.D. © 2011



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The penis and clitoris are analogous and homologous organs: they perform similar functions, share a common design, and biologically develop from the same tissues inutero. The glans (head) of the penis or clitoris is an internal organ. It is meant to remain covered for the majority of its livelihood, in similar nature to the way that the eyeballs are covered for a good portion of our lives (when we blink or sleep), and the way the ends of our fingers and toes are protected by our nails.

If we surgically amputate the eyelids or fingernails, we will face the repercussions of making an organ that was designed to be internal, external. In order to survive this damage, the organ must adapt. To do so, a variety of features will change (both immediately, and progressively over the years): pH will be altered, temperature will no longer remain stable in that organ, moisture and lubrication levels will not be maintained, leading to dryness and potential chapping, antibodies and healthy microflora that previously served to protect will cease to exist, and callusing (the build-up of multiple hardened layers of skin) will take place. Our body may attempt to heal itself by forming skin bridges or re-adhesions over the amputation site. Our eyeballs and fingertips would become thick, dry, discolored, and no longer function in the manner they were designed to.

So it is the same with the glans of the penis or clitoris. If we remove the very organ, the prepuce, which serves to cover, protect and regulate the health, pH, temperature, lubrication, antibodies, movement and functioning of the genitals, we've altered form so dramatically that the purposes it was created to fulfill can no longer be realized.

Not only is this evident in research: human development and sexuality especially, but the dramatic difference is also readily apparent to any lay onlooker observing the intact human genitals versus those that no longer remain in their original whole state.

Female and male genital cutting, especially in the manner that prepuce amputation is carried out in U.S. style male circumcision surgery (most often via Gomco or Plastibell amputations), is not only immediately damaging to a newborn baby; it is also permanently altering and forever changing the adult male body, and impacts all future sexual partner(s) as well.

Above: Newborn boys in their normal intact state (left) and those who have had their prepuce amputated via circumcision (right). Top left = Plastibell. Bottom left = Gomco

Below: Adult men in their normal intact state (left) and others who had their prepuce amputated via infant circumcision (right) forcing the glans to adapt as an external organ: something it was never meant to be.

To learn more about the many purposes of the prepuce, see: Functions of the Foreskin and related articles linked within.

Today, approximately 250,000 men who were circumcised at birth are restoring some of what was lost. If you are one of these men, you are not alone. Find resources and discuss the topic with other men via articles, sites, organizations and options for foreskin restoration here.

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Intact or Circumcised: Penis Glans (head) in the Adult Male
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  1. Thanks for posting information about the harm of circumcision. Those who have harm from this genital surgery they didn't consent to can help end it by reporting it at the Global Circumcision Harm Survey.

  2. Bravo and thank you!

  3. I was scrolling thru the Saving Our Sons Facebook page and reading stuff and I just thought some people might find it useful to know that in my opinion, as a hetero woman, intact penises are quite normal for me to come across! Most of the men I've slept with are intact, and they are all fantastic!

  4. Thank you!

  5. Bit late for me, didn't get to choose either :(

  6. Another venue where there are many realistic images of both kinds of penises, and none of the accoutrements of porn, is Wikimedia Commons. Most intact men shown there are German.

    I am intact but my glans is not as glossy as the ones shown above. For me, the main sexual advantage of leaving a boy intact is not that his glans will be protected (altho that is the case), but that the foreskin and frenulum are highly sexual in their own right. Almost everything I feel when I pay my marital respects to my Missus, I feel thanks to bits I would lack had I been circumcised like 98% of the native born middle class boys of my generation.

  7. i dont understand why circumcision isnt considered child sexual abuse????

  8. I'm having a hard time convincing my husband that circumcision isn't necessary. I've encountered a lot of intact sexual partners and I prefer it. Since my husband is not intact, it's hard to tell him this. He just doesn't want our son to be ridiculed for being different. I'm glad to see the statistics are going down!

    1. You need to educate your husband more about this matter. You also need to tell him the truth about your own experiences no matter how painful it may be to him. He should not be allowing his son to be cut. His son will not "look different" from everyone else. This whole archaic and bloody practice started in this country by quack doctors to "prevent masturbation" and decrease sexual pleasure in men. You need to tell him THAT. This stupid practice has gone on from generation to generation because people act like sheep and permit it to happen. Respect your sons rights to choose. His body, his choice!

    2. He probably will be because now its about a 60% intact...most teen will compare to friends....not their fathers


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